Remember how Walgreens was shamed into not moving its headquarters overseas and joining the corporate tax-dodging "inversion" movement? Walgreens' customers threatened to take their business elsewhere and the company backed away from its move.
Now Burger King is attempting to do the same thing by buying donut maker Tim Hortons and moving the company headquarters to Canada.
By doing so, it will avoid paying a lot of U.S. taxes and the burden will fall upon the citizens of the United States to make up. Meanwhile, Burger King will keep raking in the money from U.S. sales. They get to have it their way.
Or do they?
If enough people decide to stop eating at Burger King because of its unpatriotic move, perhaps the company will reconsider just like Walgreens did. Consumer action may be the only weapon that can work as corporations have neutralized the government by purchasing gridlock in Washington, DC.
So here's a tool to help do that. It's called Spend and Vote. It's simple. Just use it to report every time you eat someplace instead of eating at Burger King. Spend and Vote keeps track of the dollars Burger King is losing and puts up the score.
Of course if you think corporations should have the right to leave the country to avoid paying taxes but still get the benefits of doing business in the U.S. you can vote the other way too and give your business to Burger King because of their corporate drive to legally exploit tax loopholes. Spend and Vote keeps track of that too.
Try it out and encourage your friends here and on Facebook to do the same.